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  • Producer ranking ?

    21
  • Decanting time

    15min
  • When to drink

    Now -2030
  • Food Pairing

    foie gras & aged Comté cheese

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The Story

The company’s flagship wine is Femme de Champagne, first produced in the 1990 vintage. It is a very fine and feminine champagne that gives a great promise of the company’s future quality potential. Carol Duval-Leroy has a passion for gastronomy and this is reflected in her winemaking too. The medium-dry Lady Rosé, for instance, is made to complement desserts and she has even written a 200-recipe cookery book to match her champagnes.

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Wine Information

Blend: 89% Chardonnay & 11% Pinot Noir

Carol Duval-Leroy and Sandrine Logette -Jardin, her wine maker, have together created a distinctive bottle with its rounded lines which nurtures a great Champagne, golden like a jewel and soft like a fragrance, designed to gain approval from people of taste and distinction.


The prestigious cuvee Femme de Champagne is the product of the development of select vineyard plots put in place by the House of Duval-Leroy.The Chardonnay Grand Crus of Mont-Aigu from Chouilly, Chapelle of Avize, Terre de Noël from Oger, and Chetillon and Aillerand from Mesnil sur Oger, are vinified separately in oak barrels to highlight the elegance and vitality, while a touch of Pinot Noir imparts roundness and character. Femme de Champagne vintage 2000 is an outstanding example of a special year. It is in the line of other unforgettable vintages, 1990, 1995 and 1996.

Its yellow gold colour carries fine strands of bubbles which reveal complex notes of a lively maturity: brioche, vanilla and wood aromas alternating with citrus fruits such as lemon and mandarin. After the fine initial burst of flavour in the mouth comes a silky touch interwoven with remarkable length on the palate.

With its "Femme de Champagne", the Maison opens its doors to an unforgettable tasting experience.

The company’s flagship wine is Femme de Champagne, first produced in the 1990 vintage. It is a very fine and feminine champagne that gives a great promise of the company’s future quality potential. Carol Duval-Leroy has a passion for gastronomy and this is reflected in her winemaking too. The medium-dry Lady Rosé, for instance, is made to complement desserts and she has even written a 200-recipe cookery book to match her champagnes.

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Vintage 2000

A warm and wet winter was followed by an equally wet spring. First, in May, came the seri- ous heat, which gave a fast owering around June 14. Chlorosis and mold growth were evi- dent. June and August were hot and dry. But if you were like me, and tried to have a July vaca- tion in Champagne that year, you noticed how cold and rainy it was. The weather was almost as bad as at home, with constant rain and local hailstorms. 

 

Everything looked hopeless, but the good weather during harvest saved a decent amount of fresh grapes. Harvest started on my birthday—September 11—and ended in early October. Chardonnay and pinot meunier did better than the delicate pinot noir. The year will become sought after thanks to their magic number. The quality does not look too fancy yet though. The wines are quite light with short lives. However, it is a very enjoyable moment, with its intense exotic aromas of passion fruit and tangerine. I am delighted to recommend some romantic bottles of the successful pink trio William Deutz Rosé, Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé, and Pommery Cuvée Louise Rosé. 

by Richard Juhlin

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

ending

Long

recommend

Yes

taste

Too acidic, Well-Integrated, Firm, Fresh, Refined and Dry

Written Notes

The 2000 Femme de Champagne is another noble prestige cuvée of Duval-Leroy and, honestly, it is even finer, purer and more delicate than the tight and tension-full 1996. The purity, elegance and finesse is as obvious on the nose (russet apples, brioche, white chocolate, hazelnut, floral/herbal flavors) as on the palate where this medium to full-bodied wine leads to a firm and complex mineral finish of great persistence.

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Information

Origin

Vertus, Champagne

Grapes

89% Chardonnay
11% Pinot Noir

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

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Demi-Sec

Design Paris

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Sainsbury's Taste The Difference

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